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Future Fetish: Fast Company Interviews Hal Niedzviecki

Do_Humans_Have_An_Unhealthy_Fetish_For_The_Future_Co.Exist_ideas_+_impact_-_2016-07-22_10.07.45GREAT piece in Fast Company talking about my take on how future has become a fetish. Particularly good summary of my take on the “historical argument”, the idea that human beings have always sought innovation.  READ IT HERE.

Two New Articles About the Future

Hello all, in celebration of Back to the Future Day/Month/Year, here are two new articles I’ve written about different aspects of the future.

At TruthDig, my thoughts on nostalgia for a future that never existed but we can’t seem to give up. READ IT HERE.



Meanwhile, over at, I’ve written a piece about how we’re in the 45th year of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock.

We Embraced the Future and
It Nearly Killed Us

Forty-Five Years Later We’re Still Suffering from Future Shock READ IT HERE.


FIRST Trees On Mars Radio Interview

FIRST Trees On Mars Radio Interview:

Listen to It online HERE.



The New Book Comes Out This Fall!

Complete details including excerpts are HERE.


Trees On Mars: Our Obsession with the Future

“Hal Niedzviecki’s urgent, eye-opening Trees on Mars exposes our mania for the future as exactly what it is: an ideology as narrow and dangerous as any we’ve known from history. Read this book and be the first on your block to recall the rebel thrill of living in the present.” —J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be.

“A dark book about the future — and a thought-provoking one. Trees on Mars will leave you questioning our ideas about progress.” —Clive Thompson, Wired columnist and author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.

tempcovertreesonmarsAbout Trees on Mars

Trees On Mars: Our Obsession with the Future

320 Pages

Release Date: October 2015

Publisher: Seven Stories Press.

The future is big right now – for perhaps the first time, our society is more focused on what is going to happen in the future than what is happening right now. Through visits to colleges, corporations, tech conferences, factories and more, author Hal Niedzviecki traces the story of how owning the future has become irresistible to us. In deep conversation with both the beneficiaries and victims of our relentless obsession with the future, Niedzviecki asks crucial questions: Where are we actually heading? How will we get there? And whom may we be leaving behind? READ MORE

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Come hear Trees on Mars author Hal Niedzviecki speak about the book and the rise of future obsession. Events upcoming in cities across North America. Click here for details.

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Reviews and Interviews

To read reviews of Trees on Mars click here.

To read interviews with author Hal Niedzviecki click here.

Table of Contents and Excerpts

PART I: Our Lives in the Age of Tomorrow
Chapter 1: Chasing Tomorrow: Dispatches from our Obsession with the Future READ AN EXCERPT
Chapter 2: Teaching Future READ AN EXCERPT
Why Schools are Teaching Change and Preaching Tech
Chapter 3: The Group Just Slows Us Down READ AN EXCERPT
Future vs. Institution
Chapter 4: Data Harvest
Owning the Future and Everyone In It
PART II: Our Minds in the Future
Chapter 5: After
Why Our Minds are Vulnerable to the Pull of Future
Chapter 6: Put a Spell on Me READ AN EXCERPT
When the Magic Became the Information
PART III: The Case Against the Future
Chapter 7: Consumption, Innovation, and the Truth of Change
Chapter 8: The Human Robot
Homo Economicus in Decline
Chapter 9: Future Shock and Awe READ AN EXCERPT
Anxiety Factory
PART IV: The End
Chapter 10: Escape from the Permanent Future READ AN EXCERPT
The Problem of Hope

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